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PACKAGING AND DELIVERY GUIDELINES


Please follow our packaging and delivery guidelines to ensure your art buyers receive their beautiful new purchases in perfect condition, ready to be enjoyed for years to come!

LARGE SCULPTURES, PAINTINGS ON CANVAS AND FRAMED ARTWORKS

Take care of delicate sculptures and framed artworks by packing them in protective cardboard boxes or wooden crates for delivery:

1. Find a cardboard box or build a wooden crate with sufficient room to fit the piece, leaving a couple of inches of breathing space on either side.

2. Wrap the artwork in one layer of acid-free tissue paper to protect against any moisture. You may wish to cover the piece with plastic for added protection.

3. Wrap the artwork in at least two layers of bubble wrap, with the bubbles facing outwards to ensure they do not mark the canvas/artwork (especially if the piece is being shipped long distance), and secure it fully with tape. Make sure all the corners are amply padded to prevent even the tiniest bit of damage on impact.

4. Sandwich the artwork between two foam layers and include additional packing material to ensure a cosy fit inside the cardboard box or crate. For framed artworks, foamed corners are advisable to prevent damage to the frame corners. Once snugly in, the artwork should not be able to move, if it can, add more foam!

5. For artworks that are particularly valuable, large and/or fragile, it’s advisable to ship in a custom-made crate. Please drop us a line if you’d like us to recommend excellent artwork packing and delivery specialists near you.

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS AND WORKS ON PAPER

Ensure higher-value prints and works on paper are flat-packed in reinforced envelopes to guarantee safe transit:

1. Wrap the artwork in acid-free tissue paper to protect against moisture. Additionally, a plastic covering can be used to create another barrier.

2. To create corner protectors: grab a square piece of soft paper or acid-free tissue paper, fold it in half to create a triangle, fold it in half again and place over the corners and voilà – simply scale according to the size of the piece and it can also be a good idea to tape the protectors to a strong bit of cardboard as you go along.

3. Place two pieces of stiff cardboard on either side of the artwork, taping both sides together. Add an additional piece of card to be extra safe.

4. Sufficiently wrap the piece in a thick layer of bubble wrap, then sandwich between two pieces of corrugated cardboard to create a firm outer cover. Make sure that edges of both pieces of cardboard are securely taped together, with no gaps in sight. And there you have it, your piece is ready to deliver!

Lower-value editioned prints can be rolled in tubes for transit; although we would always show preference for flat-packed reinforced envelopes, cardboard boxes and wooden crates to ensure the utmost care and respect for your buyer’s new purchases, and to encourage them to use the Affordable Art Fair website time and time again:

1. If using a tube, please select a robust 2mm or thicker (the thicker the better) mailing tube to avoid any denting or damage during delivery. Make sure your mailing tube is a few inches longer than the length of your print, and not so narrow that it requires rolling too tightly, as this could cause damage to the print.

2. Place the print, face downwards, into the middle of a protective piece of paper, roughly 30cm longer than the length the print and the same width as the diameter of the mailing tube. For added protection, delicately position acid-free tissue paper, just larger than the print on all edges, on top of the work of art.

3. Fold the excess paper at the bottom of the print upwards and press down so the bottom edge of the print rests nicely within the fold.

4. To create the initial bend in the work, roll the print gently around the mailing tube a few times. This will prevent permanent creasing of the paper and eases the print into a roll. Take your time to then carefully roll the print (the print should be on the outside of the roll) to a diameter slightly smaller than that of your mailing tube.

5. Insert the rolled print gently into the mailing tube, so as not to bash and crumple the edges of the piece. The paper you have rolled the print in should sit within the length of the mailing tube to prevent any movement during transit.

6. Place the end cap on the top of the tube and safely secure with tape. Don’t forget to make sure you secure the cap on the other end too, preventing the tube from coming apart in transit.

DELIVERY DETAILS

We recommend using a fully traceable method of delivery. Whether you choose to insure your artworks in transit or not is entirely at your sole discretion, and should you choose not to, it is at your own risk.

All information declared in any accompanying paperwork must be complete and truthful, including the value of the delivery and the purpose of the shipment.

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR RETURNS ARRANGEMENTS

To celebrate our online launch, we are offering free returns for a limited time only. For the duration of this limited offer, we are committed to paying for and arranging the returns of all artworks under Affordable Art Fair’s site-wide 14 days return policy for customers who have changed their mind.

We request that all artworks returned by customers are prepared in their original packaging and will accept no liability for damage sustained on the return journey to artworks that have not been packed in line with our stipulated returns guidelines.